Killer Mike has expanded on his recent acclaimed speech about the wave of protests that have spread across the US in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
“We have to be better than burning down our own homes because if we lose Atlanta, what else we got?” the rapper said in a televised address on Saturday (May 30) which condemned those protests in Atlanta that descended into violence.
“It is your duty to not burn your own house down for anger with an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house, so that you may be a house of refuge in times of organisation. And now is the time to plot, plan, strategise, organise, and mobilise.”
During an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Monday (June 1), the Run The Jewels rapper explained that he had not initially intended to speak publicly and was only encouraged to do so by his friend and business partner T.I.
“All I said was what was purely on my heart, and I was talking in that speech for that testimony specifically for Atlanta,” Mike explained.
He then expanded on Atlanta’s history of relative prosperity for African-Americans over the last 50 years when compared to other US cities.
“If you look at the ’60s and ’70s, black cities like Washington DC, Chicago, Detroit, even black parts of Los Angeles and Miami, they were prosperous, they were fruitful, hope happened there. And through things like redlining, through not developing, those places [and] a lot of those cities have fallen, and Atlanta for the last 50 years has managed to be a city that grows,” he said.
“I wanted the protesters to know, and even the rioters, because a lot of them were young people who are just frustrated, to know that we can do it differently in this city […] I think Black America should treat Atlanta like a land where anything is possible for us, because it’s not perfect but anything has proven possible here. This is just a place where hope is possible in a way that it’s not in other places.”
He continued: “There’s nothing wrong with having the anger and emotion and passion overspill that we saw. Because that needs to happen to ignite. But now that you’re ignited, I need you on a weekly and daily basis to join a grassroots organisation wherever you are.”
He then directed viewers to a number of organisations who are “doing the work on an everyday basis on the ground” including The New Georgia Project, Live Free, The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Movement for Black Lives and Next Level Boys Academy.
He also gave “homework” for white viewers, directing them to “go to YouTube and google Jane Elliott. Spend one hour watching Jane Elliott teach people — not just speak, she’s not just speaking but she’s teaching people about the racism that is given to them that they aren’t even aware they have.”
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It’s official: Kanye West says he’s running for President in 2020
Kanye West has long teased the possibility of running for US President, but in a new tweet, the rapper finally made the announcement: he’s running in the 2020 election.
Posted on Independence Day in the US (July 4), West said, “We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States!” along with the hashtag #2020VISION.
We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States ! #2020VISION
— ye (@kanyewest) July 5, 2020
Though the filing deadline for presidential candidates has passed in several states, West has the public backing of at least one prominent figure: Elon Musk.
“You have my full support,” Musk tweeted.
You have my full support!
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 5, 2020
On July 2, West shared a photo of the two men side by side with a caption “When you go to your boys house and you’re both wearing orange”.
The response to the presidential campaign tweet has been swift, though many of West’s followers are divided by the announcement.
— Karli Q (@KarluskaP) July 5, 2020
— SΛINT (@saint) July 5, 2020
He must have a new album coming and wants free publicity
— Bobo (@BoboBrazil3) July 5, 2020
President West > President Not West
— Watching the Throne (@KanyePodcast) July 5, 2020
Kanye West and Elon Musk are treating the most consequential election of our lifetime as a joke – consequences their money will shield them from.
We’re sick of being trolled by oversized egos.
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) July 5, 2020
In 2019, West confirmed his intent to run for the presidency in 2024 at a surprise appearance at the annual Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York.
“When I run for President in 2024,” West began telling told Yeezy footwear designer Steven Smith before the audience began laughing.
“What y’all laughing at?” West said. “We would create so many jobs! I’m not going to run, I’m going to walk.
“When you see headlines saying Kanye’s crazy – one in three African Americans are in jail and all the celebrities are in jail also because they can’t say nothing, they got no opinion, they’re so scared!”
In 2015, when West first announced his interest in running this year, Taylor Swift and rapper Ice Cube publicly backed West’s ambitions for the presidency.
While Swift offered to be West’s running mate, after hinting at a political team-up between the pair, Cube didn’t have the same interest. “I’m voting for Kanye, who is better than Kanye that would run?” he said.
Method Man announces joint album with Mobb Deep’s Havoc
Speaking in a new interview, the Wu-Tang Clan rapper talked about his career, his discography, the lack of black history in school books, and Dave East portraying him in the TV series Wu-Tang: An American Saga.
Towards the end of the interview, Meth revealed that he and the Mobb Deep producer/rapper have recorded an album together called ‘Dirty P’, which pays homage to late Wu-Tang rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard and late Mobb Deep MC Prodigy.
“Take on Dirty’s name and Prodigy’s name and we going to call it ‘Dirty P’, Method Man told Talib Kweli on his The People’s Party podcast. “That’s pretty much done, we’re trying to think of a single to put out first. Don’t know about that yet.”
Watch the full interview below:
The rapper has often cited Lee as an inspiration, with Wu-Tang Clan‘s debut album ‘Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’ famously referencing 1973’s Enter the Dragon, the legendary martial arts star’s final film before his death, as well as the Shaw Brothers’ The 36th Chamber of Shaolin.
“Bruce Lee’s teachings extended beyond physical martial arts. He was full of philosophy and mindfulness,” RZA said in a statement.
Listen to Thurston Moore’s roaring new song ‘Canteloupe’
Thurston Moore has shared a new song called ‘Canteloupe’ – listen to it below.
The album is set to feature contributions from many of Moore’s frequent collaborators, including My Bloody Valentine‘s Deb Googe on bass and backing vocals, along with James Sedwards on guitar. Other contributors include Negativland’s Jon Leidecker, Jem Doulton and Moore’s former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley.
After last month sharing ‘HASHISH’ – the album’s first single – Moore has now released ‘Canteloupe’, a slice of rip-roaring poetry that hears him sing: “We’re pulsing blue blue to orange/ Dripping fire music down your back.”
Listen to the new song below:
In May, Moore shared a new song titled ‘May Daze’, which also featured Shelley, Googe and Sedwards. It was recorded at The Church in London with Paul Epworth, who produced Moore’s 2017 album ‘Rock n Roll Consciousness’.
Moore’s last album under his own name was 2019’s ‘Spirit Counsel’.
Meanwhile, Sonic Youth have unearthed a rare live tape from their archives, uploading it to Bandcamp. The album, entitled ‘Blastic Scene’, was recorded at a live show in Lisbon in 1993.
Sonic Youth released ‘Blastic Scene’ as an authorised bootleg in 1995. However, just 1,300 copies were pressed, and the album was only ever available in Portugal. Fans can now purchase the record digitally for $8.00 on the group’s Bandcamp site.
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